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October 25, 2012

Robert Sutton, UW-Eau Claire Business Associate Dean to Retire

Please join us!

Please join the College of Business faculty and staff at a reception recognizing Dr. Sutton for years of service to UW-Eau Claire.

Friday, November 16
UW-Eau Claire Davies Center
Alumni Room
1:30-3:30 pm

Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Bob SuttonAfter 32 years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business, Associate Dean Robert Sutton has announced his retirement. His last day on campus will be November 2, 2012. A reception will be held for him on Friday, November 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Davies Center Alumni Room. Please join the College of Business faculty and staff at this recognition event.

Known for his open door policy and collegiality, Sutton has taught and advised hundreds of students and mentored many business faculty members.

“Bob will be remembered warmly by his students as someone who has played a critical role in their education,” said College of Business Dean Diane Hoadley. “He is well respected by his colleagues and will be remembered for his many significant contributions to the college and to his profession.”

Sutton came to UW-Eau Claire in 1980 from the University of Iowa where he was completing his PhD in marketing and statistics. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in qualitative analysis, marketing research, marketing principles and promotions for the Department of Business Administration and later the Department of Management and Marketing. He also taught business plan development to students in the entrepreneur program.  

Sutton was the faculty adviser to the UW-Eau Claire student chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) for 13 years. During his tenure as adviser, the chapter earned many national awards. He worked with chapter members in 1983 to develop and implement the first UW-Eau Claire AMA Fun Run, an event that grew to over 600 runners.

From 1991 to 1994, Sutton was the academic coordinator for the Department of Business Administration. In 1994, he was named chair of the Department of Business Administration, the university’s largest department in terms of number of students. Under his leadership, the department was reorganized into the Department of Management and Marketing. The management major was expanded to included emphases in entrepreneurship, human resources management and operations and materials management, an emphasis in professional sales was added to the marketing major, and a minor and certificate program in international business were added to the department’s program offerings. Sutton also convened the Marketing Advisory Council, the college’s second advisory board.

In 2005, Sutton was named associate dean of the college, a position he has held for the past seven years. As the chief academic officer, he has guided the college through two AACSB reaffirmation visits, implemented the college’s assurance of learning program, oversaw the work of the undergraduate curriculum committee, championed the growth of the international business curriculum and program, and has sat on numerous university committees including the university assessment committee, PeopleSoft transition executive and general boards, and many university-wide search committees.

Sutton also has been active in numerous organizations including the American Youth Soccer Organization, Chippewa Valley Symphony, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, and Eau Claire County 4-H. As an adviser for 4-H, Sutton led student groups on Habitat for Humanity trips to Arkansas, Montana, West Virginia, and New York and Toronto, Canada. He also traveled with his family in 2006 to Cochabamba, Bolivia as an Amanecer English medical mission volunteer with Dr. David Crane, a Chippewa Falls, WI dentist.

“I want to thank everyone for their ongoing support and for the opportunities I have had to serve the college,” said Sutton. “My number one goal has always been to create an environment that results in students receiving the best education possible, and provides faculty and staff with the opportunity to pursue their goals and be successful. To the extent any of that was achieved was due to the college’s great faculty and staff. I know our students are being well served and that they are in great hands!

I wish you all the very best in the future and it has truly been an honor to work with you.”

Bob, it has truly been an honor to work with you, too.

Tim Vaughan to serve as interim associate dean, Kristy Lauver to serve as interim managment and marketing department chair

Dean Hoadley has appointed Dr. Tim Vaughan, professor of management and chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, to serve as the interim associate dean effective November 5, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

The management and marketing department has appointed Dr. Kristy Lauver, associate management professor, to serve as the interim management and marketing department chair effective November 5, 2012 through June 20, 2013.

The College of Business faculty and staff will discuss the search process for permanent appointments at an upcoming college forum and pursue permanent appointments during the spring 2013 semester.

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